With a Little Help From My Friends

This past Winter Break, I was able to spend the New Year Holidays hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and West Virginia. Together with a good friend from the seminary, we hiked up and down mountains, through small towns, and across rivers. It was an amazing experience. Throughout...

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Sharing God’s Mercy

As most people probably know by now, we are currently in the midst of a special Jubilee Year of Mercy that was called by Pope Francis. This is a very special year in the Church, where our Holy Father is calling us to emulate the mercy of God in our...

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Tradition!

With the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day fast approaching, many may begin or have begun their Christmas holiday traditions. Some of these traditions may be or include baking Christmas cookies (yummy!), visiting Santa Clause for a picture, family/friends sing-alongs at someone’s house, and/or driving around to see the...

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Fear of the Unknown

Over the month of October, I wanted to write a really good, scary, short-story. However, against all my efforts, I could not think of any way to write a meaningful story with fear. The day after Halloween (All Saints Day), I began to think more: how do I portray a...

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A New Beginning

Hello, I am Steve Bertonazzi. I am a seminarian in my first year at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University. I am in the Pre-theology 1 class. I have thought about the priesthood since I was in seventh grade. I had been an altar server for three years at...

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Keep Watch

One thing that happens when new routines form is becoming adjusted to them. This can be good in terms of being prepared for our day and what lies ahead. However, there is a need for caution to not simply go with the motions. In all that we do, it is...

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November: The Month of Holy Souls

Like many parishes, the seminary offers the opportunity to pray for our departed friends and loved ones in a special way during this month. I have a friend who died in 2008 who I would like to remember this month. He has helped me a lot in my vocation. Maybe...

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There Was No Doubt In Mary

In the seminary before the night ends we always pray the ‘Salve Regina’. ‘Salve Regina’ is Latin and means ‘Hail Holy Queen’. I still remember hearing this sacred hymn for the first time. I was on retreat at St. Alphonso in Long Branch before entering the seminary at Saint Andrews...

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